Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell reflected on a golden opportunity for her side to show the strides they have made when title-chasing Arsenal visit the Amex on Sunday.
Powell is looking forward to the prospect of seeing her side pit their wits against the league leaders, and is eager to make it as hard as possible for the Gunners, who know that a win will guarantee them the league title.
She said, “It’s a great honour for me to have the opportunity to walk out and manage in a beautiful stadium, but it’s really about the game and the girls showcasing themselves and how far they’ve come in the course of the season.
“We realise we’re up against arguably the best team in the league at the moment. While I’ll be honoured to walk this team out, it will be more about how we conduct ourselves on the day in terms of our performance.
“We don’t want to make it easy for them, but we’re very much aware of the class and depth within their squad. I want the girls to make those supporters very proud.”
The Albion manager also praised her players’ progress throughout the season and for their hard work in trying to compete at the highest level of the women’s game.
“I think we’ve done really well. For a lot of the players it’s the first time they’ve been fully professional.
“We know we’re not the best team in the world with the best players. The top three teams have all got international players in every position and we’re trying to compete against that, but our girls are committing to working and developing.
“Some of the recent results have been unlucky. We lost 1-0 to Reading last week, but did a lot better compared to the last time we played them.
“The game against Birmingham was arguably our biggest victory of the season because the expectation was we’d lose that game and we didn’t. In most games bar West Ham at home [lost 1-0] where we didn’t play particularly well, the girls have had a really good go.”
General sale tickets for Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League match against Arsenal are available at £3 for adults and £1 for under-18s and over 65s. Supporters are also advised that prices on the day of the match will increase to £5 for adults and £2 for under-18s and over-65s.
Tickets are available to purchase now at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets via the club's ticket site using the print-at-home facility or from the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls to this number are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone and in-person sales, while an additional charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are collected. Online tickets bought through print-at-home are exempt from booking fees.